Every Wednesday I will be introducing great kizomba artists from the PALOP community that usually don’t receive the recognition they deserve.
Kizomba music comes from all over the PALOP community, not just Angola. All mixes between zouk and Afro rhythms (not to be confused with Afro-house) are normally called kizomba, amongst PALOPS, regardless if the artists or bands are from Guiné-Bissau, Cabo-Verde, São Tomé and Prince, Mozambique or even the Congo (which is not a PALOP country).
“Roger is probably one of the best voices in Africa but unfortunately, because he sings the criollo of Cape Verde (resulting from his career essentially in Holland), he has been increasingly appropriate and considered a Caboverdeano singer and not a Guinean Grand Musician. We have a duty to get our Roger back.”
This is just one of the head lines in many news papers from Guine Bissau.
Roger Moreira is definitely one of the top voices from Guine Bissau but commonly mistaken as Caboverdian because of him singing in Criollo from Caboverde. Like many African singers there is not much information about Roger found online (unfortunately that is very common among singers from Guine Bissau).
Roger lived in Holland and worked with many great Caboverdians singers like Grace Evora, Dina Medina, Johnny Fonseca etc. Resulting in him singing in Caboverdian criollo and focusing his album more on the Caboverdian market.
His voice has the power of calming down any human and bringing a smile to their face. Unfortunately Roger only produced 3 albums the latest one being in 2014 and none as successful as his first album. In reality he sings Cola -Zouk but we commonly call it kizomba.
These are my personal picks and not necessarily the most popular mainstream songs. I hope my post inspires you to continue researching and exploring more on your own!
Kizomba – Cretcheu – https://youtu.be/GgGjCMVCN14
Musica de Cabo Verde
Kizomba – Nos Dilema – https://youtu.be/WK4wpVrDS5Q
Kizomba – Calor Pessoal – https://youtu.be/rpSLQ-0hrCA
Kizomba – Amy – https://youtu.be/_zDBrs_DWw0
Kizomba – Amar e Ser Amado – https://youtu.be/u47WPPEGGYE
Kizomba – Plus Prés Rosa – https://youtu.be/BiRbj9LN5-k
Kizomba – Kira – https://youtu.be/ZbPe-A3XPy4